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Afraid as an adjective means ‘feeling fear’. We use it with of + noun, of + -ing form, a to-infinitive or a that-clause Cambridge Dictionary

We can use of +ing or to-infinitive with afraid, how to know what we should use?

Which one of the following is correct? what is the difference in meaning between them?

  • I hurried to the station. I was afraid to miss my train.

  • I hurried to the station. I was afraid of missing my train.

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Whereas afraid to do something describes the feeling of fear (or uncertainty) about something you are on the point of doing:

She was afraid to say what she really meant,

afraid of doing something talks in much more general terms of this fear that applies to any time or situation:

Some old people are afraid of walking alone at night in the dark.

So, in the situation of feeling fear about possibility of missing a train, it would be

I hurried to the station. I was afraid to miss my train.

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  • Here’s the way I’d probably word it: I was afraid I’d miss my train. – J.R. Mar 12 '17 at 9:46

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